72-Year-Old Hunter Crawls on Hands and Knees Through Snow After Getting Stranded in Woods

This Christmas was nearly Dave Quiser’s last: The 72-year-old got lost while hunting grouse and was stranded overnight as the temperature dropped to 30 degrees below zero. Luckily, his will to live and some impressive survival skills allowed the hunter to welcome in yet another new year.

Quiser, a retired sheriff, decided to spend Christmas morning hunting near his home in Cook, Minnesota. Not long into the trip, the 72-year-old’s car got stuck. Without a phone or any other way to alert anyone of his situation, Quiser was forced to brave the freezing night on his own, CBS Minnesota reported.

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That night, temperatures dropped far below zero as the retiree stayed inside his truck in an effort to stay warm, local media outlet Kare 11 reported. The hunter survived the night, and then morning brought its own problems. Although Quiser was only a few miles from help, the 72-year old suffers from severe emphysema and has trouble walking more than a mile or so. But he had no choice, as it was likely no one would be looking for him in the remote area where he became stranded and the temperatures showed no signs of rising anytime soon.

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"I've got a father and a brother, both deceased. I called upon them both for strength," Quiser told CBS.

01_01_woods A hunter got lost in a freezing forest on Christmas morning. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

About two miles into what would be a three-mile journey, Quiser fell and was unable to get back up. So the hunter crawled the rest of the way on his hands and knees. Eventually, a truck passed and the driver and his son took the freezing hunter to a nearby hospital for treatment.

At the hospital, Quiser was treated for hypothermia. It’s not yet clear how he will fare, but according to CBS it’s likely some of his fingers will be lost to frostbite, the condition that arises when skin is exposed to the freezing cold for a prolonged period of time. In some cases, the freezing can be so extreme that even muscles and nerves are damaged and amputation is required.

Quiser has advice for others who may consider hunting alone in such unforgiving winter weather.

"Let your family know where you're going, and never give up. Never, ever give up," he told CBS.